Post # 1
I’ve taken a PRN job. It’s my first and it’s with a small medical provider. Management sucks and I really didn’t get an interview to ask questions and I never had an orientation.
PRN is as needed, but what does that mean exactly? Am I to put my life on hold to be on standy-by 24/7?
I assumed they would call me at 6:00 that morning asking me to be there by 8:00 – but what if I already have plans that day? What about asking me on a Thursday to work on a Saturday when I already have plans for that Saturday?
Am I to cancel my plans if I want to continue working there?
This company is a joke and I don’t care for management at all, so I’m fine with this not working out, but for future reference, how is it supposed to work out.
Post # 3
Everyone must be at work? 🙂
Post # 4
PRN usually just fills holes in the scheduling, you should get advanced notice for this. On-call means that youare avaiable to at a moments notice for those shifts (I have done 8 and 12 hours on-call shifts). You might get called in that day, you might not.
Post # 5
You don’t have to put your life on hold. That would be on-call (for which they would have to pay you a little bit just for *being* on-call even if they don’t have you come in, and if they do call you in, you have to go). You can turn down a PRN shift if you already have plans. As long as you’re not constantly turning down shifts, it shouldn’t be a problem. They will ask you to cover shifts in advance and they’ll call you to cover if someone calls off work that day. You don’t have to agree to anything, although some places will have certain rules, like you have to work a minimum number of days per month or you have to work a weekend shift every so often. It does suck if you want more hours and they don’t have anything available so sometimes you might end up wanting to cancel your plans sometimes just to get a paycheck. Or you won’t have any plans and you’ll be hoping to get a phone call, and then they don’t. But overall it’s not that bad.
Post # 6
Like a previous poster mentioned, some companies have a certain amount of hours you have to fill per pay period, I would ask about this. I would also ask how much notice they have to give you, just so you’re prepared.
Post # 7
I think you’re talking about two different things… I’m a social worker and we would define this as either per diem or on call. Per diem means filling in holes, usually scheduled ahead of time (lead time depends on the company) but also covering sick time (ie can anyone work today)?
On call varies widely by agency and industry, but is always more last minute, if that makes sense.
I would talk with someone at the company about what you signed up for.
Post # 8
I know nothing about nursing, but why would you take this job? It sounds like you already hate the company you are going to work for and you haven’t even started yet! Do you need the money? If not, I would turn down the job since having a short period of employment at a company can look worse than having a longer period of unemployment if the unemployment is for the right reasons!
Post # 9
I pretty much needed work and this seemed like a good opportunity. They promised more hours over the summer as many staff take vacations, but I really haven’t been called in – I think I’ve worked a total of 6 days over the last couple of months.
Several weeks ago, I thought they offered me a full 40 hour week this week, but it turns out their regular staff was able to cover/needed extra hours, so they didn’t need me. So… I made plans, but then was asked yesterday to cover today and tomorrow – which I turned down because I had a long-schedule doc appt earlier today and plans for Friday.
I’m more irritated than anything, but I’ll take whatever hours they offer that work with my schedule. BUT I’m not dropping everything to cover for them because they planned poorly. I wish they would just offer me a set schedule – which is what I was hoping this opportunity would lead to.